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Lightweight MM Alternative

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by steveinohio, Mar 25, 2020.


  1. steveinohio

    steveinohio

    May 27, 2007
    Over the past year I’ve developed shoulder tendinitis. This makes playing my trusty Stingrays a bit of a chore. I lucked out recently and found a Warwick Corvette Rockbass that weighs about 7.5lbs. Couple that with a neoprene strap and I have no physical issues. I’m still missing the MM sound! Has anyone found a lightweight Stingray replacement? I did buy a new Stingray from Sweetwater that was supposed to be 7.8 lbs. This unfortunately turned out not to be the case.
     
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Don’t lose faith in Music Man if you can afford one. The Stingray Specials are lighter. Try for another one.
     
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  3. steveinohio

    steveinohio

    May 27, 2007
    Thanks Doc! The search will continue. I'm just curious if anyone else has had the same problem and found a solution.
     
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  4. 707GK

    707GK

    Jun 13, 2013
    Northern California
    Have you tried a Sterling? The ones made by EBMM, not the Sterling by MusicMan.

    They are smaller and lighter. Different sound, slightly, but close.
     
  5. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    I've seen a few MM specials weighing in around 8lbs. My 5 string is 8.75lbs
     
  6. Littlewing6283

    Littlewing6283

    Dec 20, 2019
    yeah maybe try one of the specials out. I just purchased 1 from sweetwater, listed at 8.2 lbs, weighed 8.2 when I brought it home.

    The one I purchased from musiciansfriend was a little heavier 8.10 lbs lol
     
  7. steveinohio

    steveinohio

    May 27, 2007
    Thanks guys! I did buy a special. I got a bit discouraged by it though. It was definitely not the weight that was advertised. I'll find something.
     
  8. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    That's weird! Doesn't Sweetwater pride themselves on accurately advertised weights?
     
  9. steveinohio

    steveinohio

    May 27, 2007
    It wasn’t a big deal. Returning it was easy. The bass was really nice. It was just about a pound heavier than advertised. I’m not really willing to pay a premium for that. I’ve already got four other Rays. I’ll a skinny one at some point. I hope.
     
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  10. Littlewing6283

    Littlewing6283

    Dec 20, 2019
    ive never tried it but based on looks maybe a G&L Kiloton, seems to be in the same vain as the ray. If its anything like my lb-100 it will have a chunkier neck than the ray. My LB-100 weighs in at 9.2 lbs. A little more than my rays. Anything below 10lbs im ok with but i prefer to stay in that 8-9 lbs range. Being a guitar player as well a nice benefit is my guitars now feel like feathers ahhahahah

    good luck in your search
     
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  11. steveinohio

    steveinohio

    May 27, 2007
    Alright. I just bought a Ray through pitbullaudio that is supposed to be 7.9lbs. We shall see. Trans Amber with a roasted neck and no markers on the board. Looks phenomenal. Fingers crossed!!
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2020
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  12. Littlewing6283

    Littlewing6283

    Dec 20, 2019
    I went to the site. Gorgeous ! I hope the weight is accurate. I’ve ordered from pitbull before and was pleased with the experience.
     
  13. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Was Sweetwater not able to correct their problem? Seems they should have been able to properly weigh one.
    But hopefully Pitbull is right on their weights.
     

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